There are many examples of what people do to maintain long-term sobriety. If you can live by some of the habits below, you will have a great shot at being successful in your recovery. It takes work and practice but if you put it to use you can be happy in sobriety.
One way to calm yourself throughout the day is through Meditation and/or Prayer. Being able to master a mediation practice, engage in conventional prayer or taking time out to quiet yourself is a great idea. Next, self-care (including exercise) will help reduce stress. In early sobriety, most addicts have a very tired, worn-out and sometimes sick body. There are many things one can do to feel better. Healthy eating, regular sleep and frequent exercise are a good start. Taking walks or joining a gym can be great ways to feel better. If possible, make an appointment with your primary care physician to get the care you may need and to get in the habit of staying current with your medical care.
It’s tough to stay sober in isolation. Many recovering persons have found the support they need in 12-step groups. Connecting with a church can also be a great support. Recovering people who become involved in some sort of spiritual practice definitely get results. Another way to improve your life is by volunteering in your community. If you are in a 12-Step group, you can find a service position. A few examples are making coffee for the group or greeting people at the door before the meeting starts.
Being aware of your weaknesses is also an important to maintaining sobriety. So, if hanging out with people who still use or if you are in an unhealthy relationship then make some changes because these are not the people who will support you in your recovery. In addition, if you know that isolating has led to relapse in the past then do your best to get to know others in your meetings or church. Try going out for coffee or a bite to eat. This will also make it easier when you need to reach out for help. A recent article discusses some tips if you go on vacation as having fun is a huge part of recovery. But lastly, avoid high-risk situations such as parties, bars and unpredictable family events. It’s recommended that in the first year, at the very least, to avoid them when possible or bring a friend along.
So, with the help of others and forming some healthy habits you will be on the right path to happiness. Good luck and try following some of these suggestions!